UNITED GRINDING North America Inc. and Walter Maschinenbau GmbH have announced the release of the WALTER TOOL VISION SYSTEM, which allows for the automatic detection and alignment of tools, blanks and other workpieces. Developed by WALTER for simplified measurement operations for advanced tool grinding/eroding machines equipped with robotic part loaders, the new system will help manufacturers further optimize the production of small high-precision parts.
The contact-free detection system in the WALTER TOOL VISION SYSTEM can quickly identify the orientation of tools or blanks, such as those with brazed PCD plates on the front, sintered PCD veins or cooling channels. The detecting is performed automatically during idle time. This allows for significant time saving as compared to manual measurement in addition to the elimination of human errors or the risk of probe contact damaging the part.
A permanent part of robotic cells, the TOOL VISION SYSTEM may be equipped with two lenses depending on part size. One lens is appropriate for parts between 1.7 mm and 12 mm in diameter, while the other lens handles parts with diameters between 6 mm and 32 mm.
With nearly 200 employees across the U.S., Canada and Mexico and a new 110,000-sq.-ft. headquarters in Miamisburg, Ohio, UNITED GRINDING North America, Inc., strives to increase its customers’ competitiveness through grinding and ultra-precision finishing solutions for the manufacturing industry, backed by single-source customer care. The company’s surface and profile, cylindrical and tool grinding technology groups cultivate a partnership-based relationship throughout the region, selling, automating, rebuilding and supporting precision machines for grinding, eroding, laser ablation, combination machining and measuring under the MÄGERLE, BLOHM, JUNG, STUDER, SCHAUDT, MIKROSA, WALTER and EWAG brands. A subsidiary of the UNITED GRINDING GROUP, the company holds ISO 9001 certification to assure quality in development, production, shipping and support operations. UNITED GRINDING North America, Inc., also holds International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) Registration.
About UNITED GRINDING Group
With a turnover of around 700 million euros, the UNITED GRINDING Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of precision machines for grinding, eroding, lasering, measuring and combination machining. With its eight company brands MÄGERLE, BLOHM, JUNG, STUDER, SCHAUDT, MIKROSA, WALTER and EWAG, UNITED GRINDING offers a broad application knowledge, an extensive product portfolio and a complete array of services on the international market. The Group employs a workforce of around 2500 employees and more than 20 production, service and sales locations and agencies throughout the world.